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Cooplands’ Secret Garden cafe closes for good

Cooplands’ popular Secret Garden café closed its doors for the last time last week to the disappointment of its loyal customer base.

As reported in the Wolds Weekly, the future of the café on Middle Street South became uncertain after Cooplands announced it was undertaking a review of how its business operates last month.

Although it was first understood that the café would not close until June, signs went up last week confirming that the cafe was shut for good.

It is not believed that the Cooplands bakery, situated across the street from the Secret Garden café, will be affected.

A spokesperson from Cooplands said: “Following an in-depth review of the business, we have proposed to make some changes to both our retail and bakery operations, to help better position the business for the long-term and sustainable growth.

“This has been done to ensure that our store estate and broader business are fully aligned with our ‘modern bakery food-to-go retailer’ strategy.

“As a result, we have entered into a consultation process with a number of colleagues. We appreciate that this may be unsettling for colleagues and our priority is to support them fully throughout this process.”

When customers learnt about the closure, they were quick to express their disappointment about the news.

Simon Kendall is a regular customer at the Secret Garden café, calling in at least two to three times a week for a coffee and his breakfast.

He told the Wolds Weekly: “It is such a shame that Secret Garden is closing.

“It is one of the few cafés in Driffield that opens early enough for me to get my breakfast before heading off to work and it always serves a good cup of coffee and a good breakfast.

“It is in a great central location

in the town and the staff are always so friendly and it will be a huge loss for the town.”

It is understood that the staff have secured jobs elsewhere within the company or with other employers.

The closure of the Driffield café comes after the recent closure of cafés in Cottingham and Beverley.

Cooplands Bakery was acquired by the EG Group in 2021 and is the second-largest bakery chain in the UK, employing more than 2,000 staff in almost 200 shops in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and the North East.

Its website says ‘The Cooplands heritage remains an important part of the next chapter of development for the business’.

Cooplands began trading as a small butcher and pork pie maker on Market Street in Scarborough in 1885.

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